Statistics show that more than 90% of Americans do not meet their estimated average requirements or do not get an adequate intake of one or more vitamins and minerals.
Micronutrients play a key role in the body, extending far beyond their simple caloric value or their contribution as “building material of the body”. Vitamins, minerals, trace elements, as well as certain polyunsaturated fatty acids, phytonutrients and amino acids are examples of micronutrients. They must, however, be taken in through food, since the human body cannot synthesize most of them.
In recent years, consumers have developed an increased awareness of the importance of nutrition in maintaining good health. Despite our efforts to eat better, it can be difficult and expensive to meet all of our daily needs, which can lead to the appearance of nutritional deficiencies. In addition to the high price of certain foods, other factors can contribute to these deficiencies, including the decline in the micronutrient density of foods, the regional or seasonal availability of certain foods or consumption habits.
Micronutrient supplementation is an interesting option to meet micronutrient needs. For example, the incorporation of iodine-rich brown seaweed extracts, such as Ascophyllum nodosum or Fucus vesiculosus, is found to be suitable for meeting our daily iodine needs. This trace element plays an essential role in hormonal and energy metabolism, as well as cognitive function and skin health. The red algae Palmaria palmata contains magnesium, which is known to contribute to energy metabolism and the normal functioning of bones, muscles and the nervous system.
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